Håndtering av lette hodeskader ved norske sykehus - Kan kvaliteten bedres?

Translated title of the contribution: Management of minor head injuries in hospitals in Norway. Could the quality of care be improved?

Tor Ingebrigtsen*, Kim Mortensen, Bertil Romner

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Abstract

Management protocols for minor head injury should include strategies for early detection of intracranial haematomas. This study focuses on the management of minor head injury in 63 Norwegian hospitals. We report considerable inter-hospital variation. In most (81 %) hospitals, minor head injury patients were treated by general surgeons. Emergency room evaluation included routine radiological evaluation, usually skull radiography, in 18 (29%) hospitals, and assessment according to the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in 27 (43%). GCS was used during in-hospital observation in 32 (51%) hospitals. 33 (52%) discharged selected minor head injury patients without in-hospital observation. We conclude that the quality of care for minor head injury patients in Norwegian hospitals can be improved through extended use of routine early CT and consistent evaluation according to GCS.

Original languageNorwegian
Pages (from-to)1874-1876
Number of pages3
JournalTidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening
Volume119
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 1999
Externally publishedYes

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    Ingebrigtsen, T., Mortensen, K., & Romner, B. (1999). Håndtering av lette hodeskader ved norske sykehus - Kan kvaliteten bedres? Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening, 119(13), 1874-1876.